Jonathan Haidt:
Religion, evolution, and the ecstasy of self-transcendence

TED2012 · 18:16 · Filmed Feb 2012
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Psychologist Jonathan Haidt asks a simple, but difficult question: why do we search for self-transcendence? Why do we attempt to lose ourselves? In a tour through the science of evolution by group selection, he proposes a provocative answer.

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Jonathan Haidt studies how — and why — we evolved to be moral and political creatures. Full bio
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